MEMPHIS – Harding junior Kevin Brown took care of business on both ends of the floor Thursday as the Bisons defeated Christian Brothers 66-57 at Canale Arena. Brown scored a game-high 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting and blocked five shots to lead Harding to victory.
With the win, Harding tied Christian Brothers at 5-6 for fourth place in the Gulf South Conference West Division standings with three games remaining for both teams. The top four teams from each division advance to the GSC Tournament in March.
Harding (12-11, 5-6) built a 17-point first half lead, thanks largely to the play of junior guard Stephen Blake. The Greenbrier, Ark., native connected on 5-of-7 shots, including all three three-pointers he attempted, and had 15 points at the break.
Kevin Brown had 17 points in the second half, including three thunderous dunks. He was 11-of-16 in the game from the foul line.
Christian Brothers (15-9, 5-6) allowed only five Harding field goals in the second half but trailed 62-49 with 5:42 left. The Bucs then went on an 8-1 run over the next four minutes and trimmed the Bison lead to six at 63-57 on a Jimmy Palmer layup with 1:08 remaining. Harding hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Sophomore Scott Dennis led Christian Brothers with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Zack Warner added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Brown became the first Harding player with five blocked shots in a game since Brent Adams had five against East Central in 1999.
Harding will play its third game of the week Saturday in Searcy against Arkansas-Monticello. Tipoff at the Rhodes Field House is at 7:30 p.m.